What’s on in Aotearoa/NZ (22/05/15):


Wednesday, May 27 – 6:30 to 8:30, Hum Salon in Grafton

27 May: Media Skills with Simon Oosterman: Media have the ability to reach millions of kiwis every single day of the week, so there’s nothing more important than making sure that we get the right messages, stories and narratives across when we deal with them. Getting the wrong narrative across can cost elections and/or months of good work, and millions of dollars. We’ll be bringing together some of the best media and messaging professionals in New Zealand to look at how we can improve our game.


Wednesday, May 27, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Lecture Theatre 5, Owen G Glenn Building, Auckland University
Leroy Beckett – A New Kiwi Dream? A Generation Zero perspective. The shape of our cities and our transport systems matter for building a successful low carbon society. Work by the New Climate Economy, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, affirms that compact urban development with strong public transport connections makes for lower carbon cities that are also “more productive, socially inclusive, resilient, cleaner, quieter and safer”.
Here in New Zealand, there is growing evidence of a generational shift in housing and transport preferences, aided by the emergence of new technologies and disruptive business models. Is there a new ‘Kiwi Dream’ emerging? In this talk members of Generation Zero will explore the topic and offer their perspective on what this means for New Zealand, with a focus on Auckland.
Leroy Beckett is a media and campaign advisor for Generation Zero, with interests in politics, the media, media theory, public transport, cycling, and the environment.
Generation Zero is a youth-led organisation, and was founded with the central purpose of providing solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities & independence from fossil fuels. They believe we can build more liveable cities with greater housing and transport choices to attract the best and brightest to New Zealand. The solutions will not come from one minority, one political party, or one ideology but will come from real New Zealanders from all backgrounds joining together under a central vision.​​ You can register for this Auckland event here.

Saturday, May 30, 9.30am -4pm, AUT University, Room WG 809 Sir Paul Reeves Building, Mayoral Drive, Auckland
WILPF AGM in association with the Pacific Media Centre. 9.30am – 12.30pm AGM. 12.30 -1.30pm lunch. 1.30-4pm Report back from WILPF members who attended the recent centennial Congress and the Women’s Power To Stop War conference at The Hague
The afternoon session is an open meeting for members of other women’s and peace groups.

Tuesday, June 2, 5.30pm -7pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
AUCKLAND HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK PUBLIC MEETING: Speaker : Tracey Barnett, journalist and activist for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers will be speaking on this issue and there will be an opportunity for discussion and questions such as government policy and whether the New Zealand refugee quota should be increased. Please advertise this meeting to your organisations and networks. For further information contact Joan Macdonald. e-mail joanmac / ph 029 703 2022

April 30 to June 4
Workshops on Linking Knowledge, Practice and Action
Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) is holding workshops in five key centres on child poverty and the social services. Associate Professor Mike O’Brien will facilitate at each workshop along with a local practitioner. Mike is an academic and has written widely on social policy, child poverty and welfare and social work and social service issues. He also has a longstanding association with the Child Poverty Action Group, and is currently a convener of the NZ Council of Christian Social Services Impacts of Poverty and Exclusion Policy Group.

30 April – Hamilton
5 May – Gisborne
7 May – Napier
23 May – Whangarei
4 June – Dunedin
Note: the venue and local co-facilitator to be announced.

Saturday, June 6, 2-3pm, (and every first Saturday of each month), Downtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Queen and Customs Streets
Rally for Palestine: Add your presence and make a difference at the only regular public display of support for Palestine in Auckland! Monthly Rally at Downtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Queen and Customs Streets
Join the Palestine Human Rights (PHRC) Campaign Auckland. www.palestine.org.nz

Wednesday, June 10, 6.30pm, Western Springs Garden Community Centre, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland


Wednesday, June 10, 7.30pm, Community of St Luke Church, 130 Remuera Road
The Economics of Child Poverty. Cost: $20 or $15 with student ID or Super Gold Card. Actively addressing child poverty as an individual or group. The second seminar considers ways we as citizens can act to help address child poverty in New Zealand. In doing so it debates the question of ‘giving’ in a social democracy. Please contact Carol: 09 520 0199 for bookings and more details.

Tuesday, June 16, 4.30pm – 6pm, St. John’s Conference Centre, Wellington

The Wellington W E A will celebrate being 100 years old with a function at St. John’s Conference Centre. Speakers will include: – Sam Huggard NZCTU Secretary, – Andrew Little M.P. Leader NZLP, and others. M.C will be Sandra Grey [President Tertiary Education Union]. Join us to celebrate with music & some refreshments

Sunday, June 28, 12 noon, Rainbow Youth drop-in center, 281 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

RainbowYOUTH is holding their AGM on the 28th June 2015 and would love to see their members and community supporters there to celebrate with them! They are also calling for applicants to make up their new Executive Board. It’s a great opportunity to join RY and help make some change! For more information about the AGM, visit: http://www.ry.org.nz/agm-2015/ To apply to be on the RY Executive Board, visit: http://www.ry.org.nz/executive-board-applications/

Sunday, May 31, 3.30pm, 48 Llpyd Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland

Friday 10th July 2015, 6:45pm, Business School/Owen G Glenn Building

How does Magna Carta’s past inform our expectations of the future? What challenges await? This is part of The University of Auckland’s week long public lecture series for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta organised by Dr Stephen Winter from Politics and International Relations. Anyone can attend, but please register in advance to guarantee your place as we have limited lecture capacity: https://magnacartanz.wordpress.com/university-of-auckland-lecture-series/


DVDs Available For Sale Of CAFCA’s 40th Anniversary Speakers

Sam Miller filmed all of CAFCA’s 40th anniversary celebration event, held in Christchurch on May 2. He advises that DVDs are available of the five speakers – myself, Bill Rosenberg, Warren Thomson, Jane Kelsey and Robert Reid. Details of cost and from where to order them are below. Please communicate directly with Sam Miller about this, not with CAFCA.
Best wishes, Murray, CAFCA 40th Anniversary speakers’ DVDs available $20 for twin disc 3h 45m set inc postage/packaging and Jewel Case. Individual 2x speakers single DVD’s available for $10 on application. Orders: samuel or 021 147 4019 – payment by Internet Transfer or Cheque.

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